Information graphics Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture. Overview Infographics have been around for many years and recently the proliferation of a number of easy-to-use, free tools have made the creation of infographics available to a large segment of the population. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have also allowed for individual infographics to be spread among many people around the world. In newspapers, infographics are commonly used to show the weather, as well as maps, site plans, and graphs for statistical data. "Graphical displays should: Graphics reveal data. History Early
Visual learning and outlining in the classroom Visual thinking is a learning style where the learner better understands and retains information when ideas, words and concepts are associated with images. Research tells us that the majority of students in a regular classroom need to see information in order to learn it. Some common visual learning strategies include creating graphic organizers, diagramming, mind mapping, outlining and more. Visual learning helps students clarify their thoughts Students see how ideas are connected and realize how information can be grouped and organized. Visual learning helps students organize and analyze information Students can use diagrams and plots to display large amounts of information in ways that are easy to understand and help reveal relationships and patterns. Visual learning helps students integrate new knowledge According to research, students better remember information when it is represented and learned both visually and verbally.
SnakeOil? Scientific evidence for health supplements A generative data-visualisation of all the scientific evidence for popular health supplements by David McCandless and Andy Perkins. I’m a bit of a health nut. Keeping fit. Is Vitamin C worth taking or not? In an effort to give myself a quick reference guide, I dove into the scientific evidence and created a visualization for my book. Play with interactive version | See the still image This visualisation generates itself from this Google Doc. This image is a “balloon race”. You might also see multiple bubbles for certain supps. We only considered large, human, randomized placebo-controlled trials in our data scrape – wherever possible. This piece was doggedly researched by myself, and researchers Pearl Doughty-White and Alexia Wdowski. You can see our key results in this spreadsheet. This is our first interactive piece here on Information Is Beautiful. Quick summary: We’ve added CoQ10, cocoa, capsaicin, L-Lysine and hyaluronic acid to the chart.
Information architecture Information architecture (IA) is the structural design of shared information environments; the art and science of organizing and labeling websites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability and findability; and an emerging community of practice focused on bringing principles of design and architecture to the digital landscape. Typically, it involves a model or concept of information which is used and applied to activities that require explicit details of complex information systems. These activities include library systems and database development. Historically the term "information architect" is attributed to Richard Saul Wurman,[page needed] and now there is a growing network of active IA specialists who comprise the Information Architecture Institute. Definition Information architecture has somewhat different meanings in different branches of IS or IT: The structural design of shared information environments. Debate The role of IA
Инфографика Инфогра́фика (от лат. informatio — осведомление, разъяснение, изложение; и др.-греч. γραφικός — письменный, от γράφω — пишу) — это графический способ подачи информации, данных и знаний, целью которого является быстро и чётко преподносить сложную информацию. Одна из форм графического и коммуникационного дизайна. Спектр её применения огромен: география, журналистика, образование, статистика, технические тексты. Инфографика способна не только организовать большие объёмы информации, но и более наглядно показать соотношение предметов и фактов во времени и пространстве, а также продемонстрировать тенденции. Подходы[править | править код] Инфографика — визуализация данных или идей, целью которой является донесение сложной информации до аудитории быстрым и понятным образом. Существуют два противоположных подхода к дизайну инфографики, расходящиеся в вопросах значимости для инфографики эстетики и украшений. Особенности[править | править код] Инфографика: Яндекс в 2013 году
Course of Actions - Task Flow Mapping Your Day One of the things I’ve found when listing out tasks and actions, is the difficulty of organizing a list into a logical flow. Most of my day is filled with tasks that I need or want to complete in a specific order, and I wanted a simple way to map out the flow of my day. When I set out to find a way to do this, I had several criteria in mind: It had to be simple – I didn’t want a lot of options or stuff to fill in. A Task Flow Map is Born I played around with several methods, and many were way too complex. The worksheet I came up with has a set of boxes, one for each task, with a small arrow indicating the flow from one box, and task, to the next. The first box has an arrow box for the current page number and the last box has one for the “continued on” page. In order to accommodate things like waiting for, interruptions, unplanned meetings, and deferred tasks, I added adjacent boxes attached with a dotted line. “W” = Waiting for or @Waiting. Task Flow Worksheet – PDF Format Tony D.
5 | Data Driven Architecture | Diverge One of the largest resources we have today is data. We have information on almost every measurable subject. But what do we do with it? This project explores how data can directly influence architectural form. The site: This project focuses on a site in downtown Chicago. The tower would serve as residences. This project aimed to find a direct connection between data and building and how the two can interact. Residential towers seem to grow anywhere and everywhere in an urban context. The second portion of the app is a visual layout of a typical unit (either corner or standard depending on which you prefer). The question then becomes how does one interact with their neighbors? Once all of the units for the tower are laid out and sold, the tower begins its optimization process. Fusing these two frameworks delivers a unique building tightly and directly connected to its context and to its users. The base: The program for any retail environment is tied mostly to its context. Floor Plans
Information mapping Information Mapping is a technique that divides and labels information to facilitate comprehension, use, and recall. It was originally developed by Robert E. Horn. Overview Information Mapping is a research-based method used to analyze, organize and present information based on your audience’s needs and the purpose of the information. The method is technology, subject-matter and media independent. Robert Horn and his colleagues identified dozens of common documentation types, then analyzed them into structural components called "information blocks". According to Horn and his colleagues, the seven most common information types are: Procedure: A set of sequential steps to complete a task.Process: An arrangement of tasks among disparate groups explaining how the groups interact. The Information Mapping goal is measurable results that change the way people present information. Notable Experts References Bibliography Robert E. External links
Is Data Visualization Useful? You’ll Have to Prove It. Great data visualization is hard to measure: you can’t prove you have a good chart. Unless you can convince your employer to deploy at least two different formats/layouts and are able to compare results, you can say “this is a good chart” but that’s an act of faith, not an act of science. It’s True Because It Rhymes Information visualization experts like to evaluate a chart based on its compliance to some more or less accepted standards (Tufte’s data-ink ratio, for example). That’s like saying “it must be true because it rhymes”: the truth is defined by the language itself, not by the real world. Now, please close the curtains of our ivory tower… I know, it’s not easy to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of good displays. This is a true story: users wanted to evaluate sales territories, one at a time. If your chart is doing a good job at helping people, no one will actually be aware of the chart’s role at making sense of the data. Opening the Pandora Box (Wow, that’s depressing…) .
Mind map A mind map about educational technology A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole. It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Mind maps can also be drawn by hand, either as "rough notes" during a lecture, meeting or planning session, for example, or as higher quality pictures when more time is available. Origins The semantic network was developed in the late 1950s as a theory to understand human learning and developed further by Allan M. Popularisation Buzan says the idea was inspired by Alfred Korzybski's general semantics as popularized in science fiction novels, such as those of Robert A. Guidelines Buzan suggests the following guidelines for creating mind maps: Uses Rough mindmap notes taken during a course session
50 Great Examples of Data Visualization Wrapping your brain around data online can be challenging, especially when dealing with huge volumes of information. And trying to find related content can also be difficult, depending on what data you’re looking for. But data visualizations can make all of that much easier, allowing you to see the concepts that you’re learning about in a more interesting, and often more useful manner. Below are 50 of the best data visualizations and tools for creating your own visualizations out there, covering everything from Digg activity to network connectivity to what’s currently happening on Twitter. Music, Movies and Other Media Narratives 2.0 visualizes music. Liveplasma is a music and movie visualization app that aims to help you discover other musicians or movies you might enjoy. Tuneglue is another music visualization service. MusicMap is similar to TuneGlue in its interface, but seems slightly more intuitive. Digg, Twitter, Delicious, and Flickr Internet Visualizations
Industrial design An iPod, an industrially designed product. KitchenAid 5 qt. Stand Mixer, designed in 1937 by Egmont Arens, remains very successful today Western Electric Model 302 telephone, found throughout the United States from 1937 until the introduction of touch-tone dialing. Calculator Olivetti Divisumma 24 designed in 1956 by Marcello Nizzoli All manufactured products are the result of a design process, but the nature of this process can take many forms: it can be conducted by an individual or a large team; it can emphasize intuitive creativity or calculated scientific decision-making, and often emphasizes both at the same time; and it can be influenced by factors as varied as materials, production processes, business strategy, and prevailing social, commercial, or aesthetic attitudes. History Precursors The division of labour that underlies the practice of industrial design did have precedents in the pre-industrial era. Birth of industrial design Education Institutions
Infographics news How to Build New Habits with Mind Maps and Mindmapping Recently I had the opportunity to read a fantastic book on habits and how they really work backed with some scientific research. What really stood out how the author was able to break down habits into different components that would make it much easier to adapt new habits and change old ones. With help of mind maps building new habits has become even easier. Here’s how. Quick Summary Each habit consists of a cue, routine and a reward.Mind maps support you in planning your habit and effectively overseeing it.Each mind map will have a branch for each habit component.Specify your plan of action and details in your mind map. Habits 101: The Habit Loop In the book The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg writes how each habit can be broken down into different parts and I’m going to borrow his framework for this post. CueRoutineReward This is the habit loop. The habit loop. Each habit is started by a cue or another way of phrasing that is that a trigger is what will initiate a habit. Cue Routine